Sept. 19, 2010
MIDDLETOWN, CT- Host Wesleyan scored four times in the first 41 minutes and held on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team, 4-2, in a non-conference match at Smith Field Sunday afternoon.
Liz Chabot scored twice within a minute and 56 seconds to increase the Cardinals' lead to 3-0 just 1:32 into the second half. Her close-range shot with 24 seconds left in the first half made it 2-0, Wesleyan, and she tipped in a shot 1:32 into the second half to make it 3-0.
Junior midfielder Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS) ignited UMD's comeback when she lifted sophomore midfielder Abby Zarotny's (Rutland, VT/Harwood Union HS) rebound over WC goalkeeper Tori Redding with 24:17 remaining. Sophomore forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) converted a pass from sophomore defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) 10 minutes later to cut the Cards' lead to 4-2, but the Corsairs could come no closer.
Alex Bean opened the scoring for Wesleyan at the 21:42 mark, and Blair Ingraham made it 4-0 at 40:59.
"I was proud of my team for fighting to the end," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "When the game was 4-0, we made some changes and saw some results. Wesleyan scored on a couple of great finishes and we gave up a couple that we should have fought harder to deny. In the end, we were able to test ourselves against a high caliber team. It gave me some clear vision as a coach, and I look forward to another challenging week ahead."
Wesleyan out shot UMass Dartmouth, 17-8. Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) made 10 saves for the Corsairs, while Redding made three for the Cardinals.
The Corsairs dropped to 4-3 with the defeat, while the Cardinals improved to 4-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Tufts Wednesday evening.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY